DOE Fuel Cell Power Analysis
The Fuel Cell Power (FCPower) Model is a financial tool for analyzing high-temperature, fuel cell-based tri-generation systems. It includes the ability to analyze three fuel cell technologies: molten carbonate, phosphoric acid, and solid oxide. It uses a discounted cash flow rate of return methodology to determine the cost of delivered energy, and it quantifies energy inputs/outputs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Tri-generation systems provide onsite-generated heat and electricity to large stationary end users (e.g., office complexes) and produce hydrogen that can be used for fueling vehicles or stored and later converted to electricity. These systems can play an important role in early fuel cell markets by lowering hydrogen production costs, enabling distributed hydrogen production, lowering fossil energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, reducing electricity transmission congestion, lowering capital investment risk, and providing backup power functionality.
Access the Fuel Cell Power Model on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's website.